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Closing Date: Open until filled.

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s (CRITFC) Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP) program is seeking a full-time experienced Oceanographer to be an integral member of a team developing, implementing, and maintaining a nationally recognized oceanographic observation network for the Columbia River estuary and plume. This position will work collaboratively with the CMOP team to analyze and integrate ocean observatory data for regional relevance and scientific value. CMOP data will be integrated into conservation and management programs for critical fish species and stocks in the Columbia River, focusing on Upper Columbia summer and fall chinook and Snake River fall chinook. This position may also participate in or lead production of peer reviewed articles, technical reports, and grant proposals.

Position Details

  • Department: Watershed Department
  • Classification: Regular full-time, non-exempt status
  • Salary/Wage Range: $75,993 – $88,485
  • Location: Portland, OR CRITFC Office

Essential Job Functions

  1. Analyze collected data streams individually, collectively and with a regional perspective.
  2. Maintain collaboration with regional researchers on CMOP research initiatives, data relevance/compatibility in order to support CRITFC’s mission to protect salmon and salmon habitat in the Columbia River.
  3. Participate in the design and deployment of oceanographic fixed stations, including identification of new and emerging parameters and technologies of interest.
  4. Participate in the ongoing maintenance of the ocean observatory network.
  5. Participate in QA/QC of complex integrations of biogeochemical instruments.
  6. Maintain comprehensive notes and records.
  7. Communicate progress internally.
  8. Conduct public outreach regarding the observatory network and its functions.
  9. Originate and contribute to publications.
  10. Ability to assess risks and work in a safe manner.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

  1. MSc in Oceanography, Biogeochemistry, or related field with at least six years of work experience. PhD will substitute for work experience.
  2. Able to plan and conduct oceanographic operations.
  3. Programming and data analysis skills proficiency in one or more programming languages such as Python/Matlab/R/Julia for the analysis of scientific data.
  4. Verbal, written, and computer communications skills.
  5. Multi-tasking and team skills.
  6. Practical skills operating motor vehicles, small vessels, forklift trucks, winches, cranes, machine tools, hand tools, and other equipment as needed.
  7. Valid driver’s license.


  • Supervision Received: This position reports to the CMOP Program Coordinator.
  • Supervision Given: May supervise seasonal staff.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office and laboratory settings as well as in field settings. Fieldwork may be in harsh environments, must be able to lift, bend, and reach for equipment in awkward and difficult estuarine and oceanographic conditions. COVID-19 virus vaccination required.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

The driver operating a CRITFC vehicle or their own private vehicle for business related purposes shall be in possession of a valid, unrestricted current driver’s license, or other operator’s license, as required by law; and be eligible for coverage under CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle insurance policy. Upon request, CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy is available to applicants to review the required criteria.

Application Procedure

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) requires all new employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first day of employment.

To apply, submit a completed CRITFC job application form. click here to download

Submit by email to and indicate job title in the subject line. We will confirm receipt of your submission.

Submit by mail:
Attn: Human Resources
700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 1200
Portland, OR 97232

Hiring preference:
Hiring preference will be given to qualified enrolled members of the four CRITFC member tribes (Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla, and Nez Perce) and other federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Natives. Veterans will also be given preference.

CRITFC is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, people of color, those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.

*Please note: the term “Commission” as used in this description refers to CRITFC’s governing body. CRITFC is a tribal organization that is wholly owned and governed by the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. As a tribal organization, CRITFC is subject to a unique blend of policies and laws.